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Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development

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Project

The MORE project aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women.

Analysis

Gender issues should be integrated into rural policies at various levels and there is a need to intensify research on rural governance structures.

Training

MORE Training will consist of 10 e-courses designed for - and co-created with - rural adult women.

The Project.

The MORE project ("Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development") aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women. The realities of women's lives in rural areas have become more diverse in recent decades. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multi-faced context of their families (i.e. child and elderly care) and social and labour ties. This multiplicity of roles contributes significantly to improvement of their families' quality of life, as well as rural socio-economic development, civic engagement, and ways of rethinking the territorial contexts.

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Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development

Co creation event MORE ITSFA On 12 July 2022, took place the firs Co creation event of MORE organized by the partner ITSFA, in which participated 13 VET Trainers.  On the event, hosted by ITSFA cofounder Roberta Albertazzi who presented the Project to the attendees, and with the MORE Co creation document as a guide to be followed, participants contribute in a brainstorming, providing very useful inputs and suggestions, with discussions that emerged from each of the points, regarding Training Methodologies, Training needs, Opportunities and resources, and a Summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event.  All the inputs and information collected will be very useful and will be taken into account for the MORE training course development, which from ITSFA's side, will be based on the area of Digital competences. All the participants inputs will also contribute to the Co creation event report, which will gather valuable information from the event for MORE project, and that also will serve as support and inspiration for future EU projects. The MORE project "Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development" aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women. The realities of women's lives in rural areas have become more diverse in recent decades. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multi-faced context of their families (i.e., child and elderly care) and social and labour ties. This multiplicity of roles contributes significantly to improvement of their families' quality of life, as well as rural socio-economic development, civic engagement, and ways of rethinking the territorial contexts. For more information about MORE Project: https://www.moreproject.eu/  https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw

The multifunctional role of women as a key driver of rural development

Co-creation event MORE Radio Ecca On September 23, 2022, the first co-creation event of the MORE project organised by RADIO ECCA took place, in which 20 professional trainers participated. At the event, organised by Radio ECCA, Paula and Gabriela, professionals involved in the project, presented the objectives, activities and expected results to the attendees. These contributed to a brainstorm, providing very useful information. The discussion among the participants was essential to reflect on different proposals and suggestions regarding each of the points discussed in the event: definition of multifunctional women, good practices, needs of women in the rural context, training opportunities, and a summary of conclusions with the most important points discussed during the event. The reports prepared on each participating country (Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Romania and Poland) responding to the topics discussed above, were very helpful in guiding the discussion, some of the questions raised at the event are listed below: ●    How would you define the multifunctional woman in the rural context? ●    Do you agree with the points identified in the country report? ●    What are the characteristics of a multifunctional woman? ●    Do you know good practices at the national level? ●    Do you know good practices at the regional level? ●    What needs have you detected in working with women? ●    What needs have been detected working in rural areas? ●    What are the training needs? ●    Do you know any innovative tool or instrument that can be included? ●    Is there any topic you think we need to address? ●    What kind of material should be used (videos, resources, images, etc.)? Following these guiding questions, some interesting ideas emerged from the discussion that will be taken into account in the preparation of the MORE training course, in which, by Radio Ecca, topics will be developed in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership, personal and social empowerment. All outputs from the participants will also contribute to the report of the event, which collects valuable information for the MORE project, and also will serve as support and inspiration for future projects. The MORE project "The multifunctional role of women as a key driver of rural development" aims to improve access to and quality of training opportunities and qualifications for rural women in the EU. The realities of life for women in rural areas have become increasingly diverse in recent decades, as have their socioeconomic needs. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multifaceted context of their families (ie child and elder care) and social and employment ties. If you want to know more about the MORE project, you can access the following link: https://www.moreproject.eu/ 

Multifunctional role of women as a key driver for rural development MORE website is now available online

The MORE official website represents a repository of the project’s outputs, results, news and contacts, and will be the OER platform for target groups to access MORE resources and training materials. MORE is a Project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, aims to improve the access to, and the quality of, training opportunities and qualifications of rural EU women. The realities of women's lives in rural areas have become more diverse in recent decades. In today's society, women assume a "multifunctional role" in the multi-faced context of their families (i.e. child and elderly care) and social and labour ties. This multiplicity of roles contributes significantly to improvement of their families' quality of life, as well as rural socio-economic development, civic engagement, and ways of rethinking the territorial contexts. According to the EU Parliament, the multifunctional role of women is essential to save rural areas in Europe, whose population is expected to shrink to almost 8M by 2050, in contrast with a fast-growing urban population that will reach 24M by 2050. Rural women still face serious disadvantages, compared not only to rural men, but also to urban women. Due to the structural drawbacks of local labour markets, women have to out-migrate from rural areas at a higher rate than men. Yet, for older generations, the domestic caregiver role is a significant barrier to mobility. Rural women are more dissatisfied with educational and employment opportunities in their regions. Moreover, they contribute significantly to the farming sector in terms of working time in agriculture. However, only 30% of farm holdings in the EU are officially owned by women. Most of the time, official documents, rights, and representation within farm associations or local groups are in the name of their male counterparts. Although rural women's multifunctional role has been stressed by EU decision-makers, it is actually not endorsed by the policy and socio-economic sectors of national and local realities. The MORE partners have faced these challenges in first place, within the regional rural contexts in which they operate. Hence, they have decided to promote a project proposal to contribute to filling these gaps. MORE thus responds to the need for increasing rural women’s skills and capacities and making them direct actors of the social, policy and economic processes at local level. Limited research and education action have been so far undertaken on multifunctionality: MORE will overcome these limitations by conducting in-depth research analysis, developing 10 e-learning training courses and promoting the first digital community of rural women, directly supported by the feedback of target groups. The project officially kick-started on June 6 2022, with the first online transnational meeting during which partners had a great opportunity to discuss the overall project implementation schedule, define timelines and respective duties in the following months. One of the very first activities was the development, testing and implementation of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform.  MORE Platform is the main showcase of project’s results and its largest and most tangible channel for international visibility, and is available in 6 languages (EN, ES, IT, RO, PL, GR) with all of its content completely available for free, without requiring any kind of registration/identification by the user. MORE website is now online at https://www.moreproject.eu/.  For the next two years, the Platform will host and integrate all the main achievements of the consortium; each section of the MORE Platform is a stand-alone library of its corresponding output. MORE Training will consist of 10 e-courses designed for - and co-created with - rural adult women, in a way to enhance their multifunctionality to equip them with the competences, skills and tools. These training courses will build on the thorough knowledge of partners in adult VET programmes. The goal is to support the target group’s professional and personal growth and competitiveness. In addition, the "Associates" section will be relevant to the widespread impact of the project, as organisations interested in the project will be able to join the MORE community and become associated partners. For further information about MORE project: https://www.moreproject.eu/

Interview to Radio ECCA about the MORE project

On June 28th 2022, Paula Rodríguez Chirino from Radio ECCA, Canary Island (Spain), was interviewed about Radio ECCA's role in the MORE project and the objectives pursued within it. Paula is responsible for the projects and international cooperation area of Radio ECCA, which is a distance education centre for adults and the coordinator of this project. In addition to its general coordination role, Radio ECCA is responsible for the creation of 10 free access courses. The contents of these courses are aimed at expanding the opportunities of women in vulnerable situations with difficulties accessing the labour market, promoting their multifunctionality by developing skills and competences. The aim of the MORE project is to promote the empowerment of women in rural areas through the development of new skills and competences that enable them to participate more in local rural ecosystems. The objective is thus to support women in a process of acquiring the necessary means for their personal and professional development and to reduce the gender gap in rural areas. Interview: https://youtu.be/NQ-1Nmm31Fk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MORE-Project-112021021533837/?ref=page_internal YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuQGwsLFT6RiOurR8regdw